F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Next Grand Prix

 

Days after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for coronavirus, with Mercedes saying that he has mild symptoms “but is otherwise fit and well.”

The seven-time champion must now spend 10 days in isolation in a hotel room. Mercedes said that this comes after contact of his had also tested positive.

 

 

The British icon, who is also set to be knighted by The Queen in the New Year’s Honours list spent last week celebrating his 7th title in Monaco, with his family, and will now be missing this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.

 

This will also mean that he will be missing out on hitting the record which is now jointly held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, for the most number of victories in a year – which he could have achieved by winning the final two Bahrain rounds, and at the Abu Dhabi GP on the 13th December. Hamilton will need a negative test, to be able to compete in the final race of the season.

A Formula One statement on Tuesday said: ‘The FIA, Formula One and Mercedes Team can today confirm that during mandatory pre-race PRC testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

 

‘In accordance with Covid-19 protocols, he is now isolating. All contacts have been declared. The procedures set out by the FIA and Formula One will ensure no wider impact on this weekend’s event.’

 

In a statement of their own, Mercedes said that: ‘Lewis was tested three times last week and returned a negative result each time, the last of which was on Sunday afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the standard race weekend testing programme.

‘However, he woke up on Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to his arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive.

 

 

‘Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.’

‘Lewis is now isolating in accordance with Covid-19 protocols. Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well, and the entire team sends him its very best wishes for a swift recovery.’  

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